De Beers has announced it is leading a research project that aims to make some of its mines carbon neutral within five years. The idea involves storing carbon through the mineralisation of kimberlite waste from the diamond extraction process. This could potentially offset up to ten times the emissions of a typical mine.
Despite positive steps to develop sustainable practices, the mining industry continues to suffer from a bad reputation. Whether it is the memory of large accidents in the past, or the environmental impact the industry can have on local communities, mining companies often struggle to obtain the social licence they need to operate.